Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Marriage and Family Therapy
Gender Dysphoria, LGBTQ, Sex, Sexuality, Trans Masculine, Transgender
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Literature that addresses sexual issues pertaining to sexual satisfaction is often not inclusive and neglects transgender, specifically trans masculine, identities. The media frequently highlights physical transitions but ignores the distressing psychological effects of dysphoria on sexual satisfaction and the influence of sexual partners during sex. In this quantitative study informed by a systemic gender affirmative lens, trans masculine adults (N=1,041) responded to a questionnaire on their experiences of transgender congruence, sexual satisfaction, and affirmative sexual partners. Data analyses revealed diverse participant and partner demographics. The transgender congruence variable expressed group differences based on gender/sexual identity, age, and medical transition. An affirmative sexual partner increased sexual satisfaction through aspects of safety, connection, attraction, support, feedback, and communication. Affirmative sexual partners moderated the experience of transgender congruence and sexual satisfaction for the trans masculine participants. In conclusion, sexual partners can positively impact sexuality by providing affirmation that increases sexual satisfaction for trans masculine people as they experience varying degrees of transgender congruence.
Martin, Tristan Karel, "Transgender Congruence and Sexual Satisfaction in Trans Masculine Adults: The Role of Affirmative Sexual Partners" (2020). Dissertations - ALL. 1164.
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